Treasure Hunt (1994)
Reviewed by: TequilaYuen on 2000-06-11
Summary: It's not as bad as everyone says! at all
I picked up this VHs awhile ago on a CYF whim. The film had been critically
hated, and bashed on most of the review sites I had seen. However the cover with chow yun fat in the long coat twirling in a leonesque standoff on the front cover, I had to have it. It couldn't be that bad...and it wasn't.

The problem with this film is it tries to hard to show all sides of Chow Yun Fat's persona as a HK superstar, The film goes from Heroic Bloodshed, to slapstick comedy, to Meladramatic touching love story all in the span of two hours. I am a HUGE Chow Yun Fat fan, and can consider myself somewhat of an authority, and even I in no way hated this film!

Chow Yun Fat plays Ah Ching, an American CIA agent in HK who is hired by the USA government to return a stolen national treasure from a Shaolin Temple. The treasure turns out to be a sweet young woman gifted with supernatural powers (why she is a national treasure is never really explained). That being said, Chow Yun Fat falls in love with her, and protects her from other Vengeful CIA agents who want to sell her to the highest bidder.

What I didn't like about this film was some of the comedy, some. I enjoyed most of it, which is very unusual for me becuase I am not a fan of most Hk comedy. But it is just too funny. From Chow's interaction with the Shaolin Monks, to theFoul Mouthed Cabbie who used to be a Shaolin Master, to the fat little monk named "priestling grasshopper", no matter how many times i watch it, it is still funny.

The film is also a very touching love story, Yun Fat and Lien have a real
chemistry. The ending always has me in tears no matter how cheesy it is and predictable. I have shown this film to many of my friends, and i watch as they laugh at the funny parts and hide their tears at the ending.

All in all if you are looking for a hardcore John Woo, Ringo Lam bulletfest, you may wanna give this one a skip. But if you are interested in a cute romantic drama with action thrown into the mix, then you have to see this movie. I would try to rent it first though- it depends on your taste.

Also- beware of the tacked on happy ending. HK audiences started to hate unhappy endings after the 1990's, so one was tacked on at the end of this film. When the train leaves in the distance, that is the directors original ending.